The Daihatsu Charade was available in the United States for the 1988 through 1992 model years, then was forgotten more quickly than the speed at whichÂ Darmstadtium-267 decays. Still, among the Daewoo Nubiras and Kia Rondos and Sterling 827s and other forgotten machinery at your typical California self-service junkyards, you’ll see a Charade now and then.
Electronic fuel injection wasn’t exactly rare in 1990 U.S.-market cars. In fact, only a handful of cars didn’t have EFI by that point. Cool-looking emblem, though.
In this series before today, we’ve seen this ’89 CLS and this ’90 SE. Today’s find is a luxurious SX. What could be SX-ier than a Charade?
I think the Oldsmobile Achieva got slugged with a name more maddeningly stupid (and indicative of inept management) than the Charade, but the Charade is pretty close. What, no Japanese-English dictionaries were available when they were brainstorming this one? At least this one nearly made it to 150,000 miles.
This one has the 16-valve 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, not the miserable 993cc three-banger.
In China, you can still buy new cars loosely based on the third-generation Charade, thanks to FAW Tianjin and other companies.
Proof that fun can be had in any car, I present a Charade-clone Tianjin Xiali sedan on a snowy road on the outskirts of a Chinese ghost city.